Maggots, leeches, parasitic worms

Maggots, leeches, parasitic worms

Meet three gross “biotherapies”: Leeches suck blood after surgery. Maggots clear dead tissue from wounds. Parasitic worms fight More »

Pollinator crisis ahead

Pollinator crisis ahead
Pollinators are under threat from diseases and pesticides. They aren’t finding enough to eat. Their colonies are dying. What can we do? More »

Spider silk: Material of the future?

Spider silk: Material of the future?
Strong, tough, sticky, elastic and biodegradable, silk may be used for a mesh to support injured tissues, or as a temporary container More »

News flash from the firefly!

News flash from the firefly!

Most fireflies flash on their own schedule, but some do it all at once. What’s the evolutionary advantage? More »

Remipede

Remipede
A recent study published in the journal Nature has revealed that insects are closely related to crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp and

Animal arms race

Animal arms race

The struggle between predator and prey never ends. Bats invented sonar, and now some moths are fighting back. Check out the Why Files More »

Ants: My Family, Right or Wrong!

Ants: My Family, Right or Wrong!

The Argentine ant invaded California 100 years ago, forming “super-colonies” that stretch hundreds of miles. Ants on the attack? More »

Mosquito Songs: Super Sexy?

Mosquito Songs: Super Sexy?

After boy and girl mosquitoes meet, they synchronize their wingbeats. What does this tell us about how insects use sound? More »